Part-time employees that work for Amazon are eligible for benefits, which are derived from the hours they work within the week or month.
In 2017, Amazon garnered attention for confirming that it does offer benefits to its part-time employees. This is something that is not usually adopted by large companies, even those that have full-time and part-time employees. Usually, the benefits are reserved for full-time employees, while part-time employees often work towards permanent employment to receive their benefits.
However, in 2017, former Global Human Resource (HR) leader of Amazon, John Olsen referred to Amazon’s benefits policy as egalitarian. He stated, “Part-time employees who work more than 20 hours per week receive benefits, including life and disability insurance, dental and vision insurance with premiums paid in full by Amazon, and funding towards medical insurance.” Adding, “Hourly employees accrue sick, personal, and vacation time on a set schedule. Benefits are different for part-time employees working primarily at sortation centers.”
When asked about the benefit policy being egalitarian, Olsen stated, “We invest in benefits from day one. My benefits package is the same as a benefits package here at the fulfillment center. I think we’ve got an egalitarian process.”
Despite the interview being conducted over four years ago, the sentiments and stance of Amazon have not changed. However, updated reports emphasize that the company’s benefits set the company as one of the most competitive in the area, in the manner in which it incentivises its employees, whether seasonal, part-time or full-time.